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2014 Spring Teaching Workshop
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Brookfield
Teaching for Critical Thinking
Critical thinking involves students (and teachers) being able to identify and research the assumptions that frame how they think and act.  Only if assumptions are accurate and valid can we trust them as guides for thought and action.  In scholarly terms, thinking critically requires students to make judgments about the legitimacy of knowledge in their different disciplines.  Research on how students learn to think critically shows that two factors are crucial to the process - seeing teachers model their own engagement in critical thinking, and using peers as critically reflective mirrors.  In this session, Stephen Brookfield, will model critical thinking about critical thinking and introduce a number of classroom activities that can actively engage students in learning how to think critically.

Conference Handouts:

Stephen's presentations:  Critical Thinking Protocols (ppt) and Teaching Practices to Support Critical Thinking (ppt)
Stephen Brookfield's books can also be checked out at the library at: https://metrostate.mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Author/Home?author=Brookfield%2C%20Stephen.
Spring Teaching Workshop program: Cultivating a Questioning Mind
Breakout Sessions: Outline

Fall Faculty Conference

Thank you for attending the Fall Faculty Conference.  Below are links to information shared by keynote speaker, Kathryn Plank

The Prezi:
The Bibliography

Important Dates to remember:

  • Feb. 1, 2014 - Spring Teaching Workshop
  • Feb. 4, 2014 - Advising Day.  Save the date - more information to come.

The Center for Faculty Development (previously known as the Center for Teaching and Learning) provides programs and activities designed to support its resident and community faculty in the achievement of Metropolitan State University's mission and vision.  More...

Center for Faculty Development Workspaces:

Saint Paul Library, Room 131 651-793-1774
Midway ETC, Room Q 651-999-5815 (no voicemail)

M. 4017, ask for available room at 2nd floor COM front desk

Brooklyn Park, School of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Community Faculty Room, Room 149

For more information about the Center for Faculty Development:

Sue Fitzgerald, PhD
Director, Center for Faculty Development

Lori Schroeder, PhD
Associate, Center for Faculty Development

Blong Vang
Support Staff

Brooklyn Park - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center Minneapolis Campus Midway Center Saint Paul Campus Saint Paul Campus